Star of the Show: 32 ounces of crispy-frozen hash browns
Supporting Cast: 4 cups of cheddar cheese, freshly grated from the block
Flavor Notes: A hint each of dried mustard, garlic powder, and dried parsley
Creamy Melody: 1 cup each of milk and the richest heavy cream you can find
Finishing Touches: Salt and pepper, as your taste buds decree
The Broadway Performance:
Set the stage by preheating your oven to a toasty 375°F (190°C). Get your round casserole dish or 9×13-inch baking dish, and give it a nice greasing.
In a backstage (or small) bowl, choreograph a blend of black pepper, salt, dried mustard, and garlic powder.
Let the hash browns dance and mingle with this spice ensemble and a sprinkle of dried parsley.
Assemble this in your dish, orchestrating layers of these seasoned hash browns and the cheddar cheese. Ensure the cheese has the final curtain call on top.
Whip up a duet of the heavy cream and milk, cascading it gracefully over your layers.
Cover this masterpiece with foil, letting it bake for a melodious 45 minutes.
7. As the applause continues, unveil (remove the foil) and let it perform for another 15-20 minutes, achieving a golden crest and ensuring the potatoes are perfectly tender.
Give it a brief intermission before diving in
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